Need Career guidance

Hi, I am 29 years old and a microbiologist by profession with 5 years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector. I have currently left my job and enrolled in a boot camp to learn web development . I have currently left my job and enrolled in a boot camp to learn web development. I am quite slow at learning Java programming but much more interest and I enjoy learning front-end development. After learning the front end (HTML, CSS, Java Script, React, and MongoDB) and the basics of Java (DSA), what are the possibilities of getting job opportunities? I am confused and worried if I have taken the wrong decision to switch careers.

If someone learns those things you’ve listed, maybe also learns some modern front end UI library (React, Angular, maybe Vue), learns the libraries to support those, learns some basic backend (Java could be part of that), starts building apps, builds more and more complicated apps, learns new things in the process, builds a portfolio and resume, etc … I believe that a person of at least average intelligence and aptitude has a good chance of getting a job. It will probably take 1-3 years - it always takes longer than people hope and it will take a lot of work, but yes, it is a reasonable goal.

Whether or not it is the right direction is up to you. Do you like coding? That is a must. This is hard work and if it isn’t “fun” on some level you’re going to drive yourself crazy. And realize that there is going to be a lot of work between now and then. DO NOT quit your job, expecting to get a job in 3 months.

If you are at a bootcamp, they should have some resources. That may actually cut down on the “1-3 years” I mentioned, if they have placement services and connections. You might make that “0-1 years”.

It really is tough to say, there are too many variables. I’m just pulling those numbers out of my butt.

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Boot camp lasts a year (six months on the back end and six months on the front end), but the pace at which they teach is quite quick in comparison to how I learn. I love and enjoy coding, but if I compare myself with other students in boot camp, I am much behind with knowledge. Boot camp has various criteria to provide placements. I am ready to make all the necessary efforts.

Well then, buckle down and learn. And learn how to learn. Having been a teacher for years, I was always amazed at how people just didn’t know how to learn, how to sit down and study something.


Thank you and yes I agree we need to learn how to learn.